EAGER fans of Sheffield music legend Jarvis Cocker queued for up to six hours in the rain to meet him when he returned to the city for a book-signing.
The Pulp star was greeted by hundreds of eager fans who hunkered down under the canopies outside Waterstone’s, in Orchard Square, to keep dry while waiting yesterday afternoon.
And although the singer did not arrive until 5.30pm, the first fans set up camp at 11.30am.
He said: “I’m only back north for a few days. I will have to look around all the new parts of Sheffield city centre because I’ve not been to Sheffield for a while. I quite like the fairground at the top of Fargate though.”
Jarvis’s visit, to promote his new book Mother Brother Lover, a collection of his lyrics, was the second of three star book-signing sessions at the shop in a week.
It followed last weekend’s appearance by actor Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars, and the forthcoming visit of Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, tomorrow.
First in line was Jasmin Reeves, aged 18, originally from Manchester but now a student at University Centre Barnsley.
She said: “I arrived at 11.30am to beat the queue. I have been a fan of his from since I was a kid. I’d like to marry him but I don’t think it’s going to happen, somehow.”
She was accompanied by Sarah Ginder, 21, also from Manchester, who has just completed a fashion course.
She said: “I find Jarvis a massive inspiration. He acts and dresses unusually but it always pays off and he gets away with things other people can’t.”
Jessica Wheatley, aged 26, originally from Texas but now living in Crookes and a student at Sheffield College, was third in the queue. She said: “Jarvis is not that big in the States but I love his music.”
Meanwhile, mother and daughter Shirley and Steph Dunn, from Dronfield Woodhouse, are both fans.
Shirley, aged 58, whose daughter is 19, can remember the first time he became famous, while Steph has become a more recent follower of his music.
Shirley said: “My daughter saw him on stage at Leeds Festival this year but also bumped into him in Boots, when he was getting a prescription with his wife. I’ve liked his music for many years since he started out but it’s good that he is still around for my daughter’s generation to appreciate.”
Waterstone’s sold hundreds of copies of Jarvis’s book yesterday ahead of the signing and fans who waited patiently for hours were given raffle tickets to secure their places and prevent queue jumpers.
Store manager Paul Ranson said: “It’s the earliest I have seen fans turn up for a booksigning event.”
The store stayed open late especially for the occasion.
■ Waterstone’s is welcoming Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham to its Orchard Square branch from 1pm tomorrow.